Fifty Shades of Wine, and Other Weird Book Merchandise
The Fifty Shades of Grey wine range has just been launched. ‘Wine plays an important role in Fifty Shades of Grey, reflecting the sensuality that pervades every encounter between Anastasia and Christian,’ says E.L. James, explaining why branded wine seemed like ‘a natural extension of the Fifty Shades trilogy’.
The wine comes in two varieties: red and white. Or, more precisely, Red Satin and White Silk.
This follows the Fifty Shades lingerie line, stocked at Target, which was ‘styled on the elegant pieces Anastasia receives from Christian’, according to James.
As it becomes harder to make a buck by selling books, book-related merchandise seems to be a growing industry.
Twilight fans can shower with Edward every day, with their very own Edward Cullen shower curtain.
Fans who are more into the idea of Edward as stalker boyfriend who watches over them while they sleep than as a sex object can make that dream come true, with a life-sized silhouette that can be applied to your bedroom wall.
Or bring the Twilight magic all the way into the bedroom with a branded condom.
Readers with more vintage tastes might prefer to curl up on the couch with an ‘I Heart Ginsberg’ throw pillow.
Or wear a Pride and Prejudice Classic Thong, emblazoned with the motto ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife’. What man would not melt at the revelation of such a garment - and an intention? You go, gold-digger!
P&P fans who are looking for a good time rather than a rich husband might prefer a Lydia Bennett YOLO throw blanket, for comfort and inspiration when you’re feeling a bit worse for wear.
Hipsters can shower in bookish style too - Dave Eggers has created a shower curtain that’s been designed to be read: an imagining of a monologue told to him by his shower curtain. Eggers' creation is actually Issue 16 of The Thing, a US quarterly that comes in the form of an object.
Or for the truly adventurous, there’s the Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loathing board game: ‘A scientifically-accurate, organic chemistry board game based around Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’. The dosage scale and glass pipe are not included, due to legal issues. And dosages are calculated to be physically safe to ingest. ‘Most’ of the substances are fake.